Pistachio Falafel

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It’s summer! I’m using my extra free time to redesign the site, so I’ll be posting less frequently for the next two months. In the meantime, make this pistachio falafel!

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Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake

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Whenever I visit my parents, my sisters and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, experimenting with various “healthy” dessert recipes; gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, etc. When it comes to making nutritious desserts, raw nut-based ones are fail-proof options. Treats like mocha brownie barschocolate peanut butter cookies, and vegan peanut butter pie are just a few that have been approved by even the most traditionalist dessert eaters.

I’ve always enjoyed raw desserts, but am usually a bit turned off by the amount of nuts the recipes call for. While the nut-based approach works well for brownies, cookies, or crusts, raw cakes are usually a bit too dense for me. When I came across this recipe for lemon meltaway pie that adds cauliflower (!) to the cashew cake base, I knew I had to test it out. My sisters and I were skeptical at first, but as soon as we tried it, we were sold. The cauliflower transforms the density of the nuts to a make a  light and airy filling.

This vegan strawberry “cheesecake” is the perfect summer dessert. Served cold, it tastes really similar to those delicious (but not so good for you) Good Humor strawberry shortcake bars. Other berries would be great in this too – feel free to use them in lieu of the strawberries. For a plain cheesecake, just omit the berries altogether.

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Buckwheat Soba with Peas, Spinach + Sunflower Seed “Parm”

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Gluten free buckwheat soba made without wheat flour are hard to come by. I know this because I’ve been off-handedly searching for it for years. My local Whole Foods sometimes carries it, but it’s expensive. I’m talking like $10 for 1 package (of dried noodles!), which is hard for me to justify. A while back, I tried to make my own soba using only buckwheat flour and water, but as this article on the Kitchn noted, it is difficult to do without the presence of wheat flour. It worked ok, but the noodles began to dry out as soon as I rolled them and didn’t hold together very well once boiled.

Recently, I came across a gluten free buckwheat soba recipe that I hadn’t seen before on Fork and Beans. Rather than support the buckwheat flour with wheat flour, Cara uses arrowroot powder and psyllium husk powder. The recipe worked perfectly; the noodles were easy to roll out without sticking or drying and held together when cooked.

This hearty gluten free buckwheat soba is a nice contrast to the creamy lemony sauce in this springtime dish. Coconut cream is a perfect substitute to heavy cream and gives the dish a subtly sweet flavor. The peas and spinach are my favorite springtime vegetables, but really any vegetables would work here. Just don’t skip the sunflower seed “parm,” which gives the dish a layer of salty, crunchy texture.

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Mexican Chocolate Tortilla Chip Pie

Mexican Chocolate Tortilla Chip Pie | Our Four Forks | #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

Warmer weather (FINALLY) inevitably means less time in the kitchen and more weekends spent outside, exploring new places. A new Mexican restaurant opened up in our neighborhood with great tacos, killer pineapple guacamole and strong margaritas. After spending a bit too much money there too many times (already), we decided to start making healthy Mexican food at home more often.

Whole Foods has almost an entire aisle full of tortilla chips and I’ve been known to spend an obnoxious amount of time reading every label, comparing and contrasting chips. Are they made with organic ingredients? Non-GMO? Certified gluten-free? Preservative-free? I always end up choosing Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips, made with simple, whole food ingredients and I’ve never been disappointed. You can imagine I was pretty psyched when they asked me to develop a recipe using one of their products.

Cinco de Mayo’s around the corner and although I have salsanachos, and (kombucha) margaritas covered, I’d never made a celebratory Mexican dessert. This Mexican chocolate tortilla chip pie is one of the more decadent and delicious pies I’ve ever had. The salty, sweet and crunchy Food Should Taste Good tortilla chip crust is the perfect contrast of flavor and texture to the creamy rich, avocado chocolate filling. It’s got that sweet/savory thing going on that I love (with a little kick of Mexican chile snuck in).

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Bánh Mi Arepas

Banh Mi Arepas | Our Four Forks | #vegan #glutenfree #recipeWhen I was an undergrad living in New York City, inexpensive, delicious food was important. There were only so many dining hall omelettes, midnight waffles and Quiznos subs I could eat, so my friends and I were always on the lookout for cheap meals. Aside from Moaz, Vietnamese bánh mi sandwiches and Venezuelan arepas were two quick East Village standbys that fit the bill. Ever since moving out of NYC, I’ve been meaning to make both bánh mi and arepas at home. It’s been seven (holy shit!) years since college, but I finally got around to it by making them both with these bánh mi arepas.

Arepas are gluten free, round, chewy flatbreads made out of precooked cornmeal, traditionally eaten in both Colombia and Venezuela. There are very serious debates on the difference between Colombian and Venezuelan arepas (it seems Venezuelan arepas are more likely to be stuffed), but I’m pretty sure this version isn’t traditional to either country. The filling is based on the flavors of the Vietnamese bánh mi sandwich though “bánh mi” technically refers to the type of bread this sandwich is usually served on, which is like a baguette. The Vietnamese filling of these arepas is highly adaptable to be vegan, vegetarian or traditional with meat. If you’re vegan, the main flavor components to include are the cilantro, pickled veggies, sriracha mayo (vegan if needed) and jalapeños; the protein is completely up to you. I used pulled pork for mine, but omitted the pâté. Baked tofu or tempeh would also work well.

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